Portland, OR -- New Energy Works Timberframers was honored last night in a special reception hosted by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) in conjunction with the USGBC GreenBuild Conference in Chicago for winning first place in the 6th Annual Design & Build with FSC Award. New Energy Works Timberframers entered The Vermont Street Project, a residential home that was built with 100% Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wood materials, from multiple FSC categories including reclaimed, salvaged and fresh sawn.

Andrea Carlson, Project Associate with the FSC-US stated, “We were very impressed with the use of FSC wood in The Vermont Street Project and the opportunities it created to expand the FSC marketplace.”

Jonathan Orpin, President/Founder of New Energy Works commented on the project, “The decision to use 100% FSC fresh sawn and reclaimed wood throughout the home — in structure, exteriors and interiors — is based on the fact that while wood is a sustainable product, the effects of ill-managed forestry and mass consumption is devastating eco-systems in both production and waste.”

FSC wood features of The Vermont Street Project include: a recycled Douglas fir timber frame; reclaimed elm and oak flooring; fresh sawn Douglas fir flooring and paneling; interior woodworking using reclaimed walnut (cabinets/interior doors), reclaimed white oak countertop, pickle vat stock (lower level doors), sinker cypress front door, reclaimed cherry custom dining table; custom furniture using various reclaimed species, solid wood framed windows; recycled redwood siding; antique barn siding; as found cedar log; and cedar decking.

“Thoughtful sourcing of materials is part of our ethos and certainly was a priority when building The Vermont Street Project. While we sourced the majority of the wood from our sister company, Pioneer Millworks, we were also able to support local FSC certified producers,” continued Orpin.

The award recognizes excellence in the use of FSC materials in both residential and commercial/institutional design and construction. This distinguished award honors designers and builders who are committed to using FSC-certified wood and creating a marketplace that promotes environmentally, socially and economically beneficial forest management.

New Energy Works designs and builds environmentally responsible timber frames across the USA from their New York and Oregon facilities. The company offers Timber Framing (design, engineering, manufacturing, build), Enclosure Systems, Fine Woodworking, Recycled and Sustainable wood products. New Energy Works has 2 LEED AP staff members, is a member of the US Green Building Council, and is FSC Certified in three categories.

For information visit The Vermont Street Project. Partners who collaborated on this project: Pioneer Millworks, Basco Appliance, Chown Hardware, Custom-Bilt Metals, Dimensional Millwork, Inc., ecohaus, Evolution Floors, GLD DesignStudio, Imaginenergy, Landscape East & West, Loren Nelson Photography, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, Traditional Natural Plaster Company, Premier Building Systems, Shelter Works, and West Side Electric Co.

SOURCE: New Energy Works

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